Windows 10 Shorten windows usb plug in processing time?


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Nov 5, 2023
I have a usb switch for multiple computers. I want to see if it is possible to shorten the time to switch from differnet copmuters. It seems that the bottlneck of the switching process is the time it takes windows to process that a new usb device as been plugged in. I was wondering if there is some way to remove this delay?
The delay you are experiencing when switching between computers using a USB switch is mostly caused by the time it takes for Windows to detect and recognize the newly connected USB device. While it is not possible to completely remove this processing time, there are a few things you can try to potentially minimize the delay:

1. Install USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 ports: If your current USB switch or computers only support USB 2.0, upgrading to USB 3.0 or USB 3.1 ports can speed up the overall data transfer between your devices.

2. Use an externally powered USB switch: Some USB switches are powered externally, meaning they have an independent power source rather than relying on USB power alone. This can sometimes help reduce the delay when switching between computers.

3. Disable USB selective suspend settings: USB selective suspend is a power management feature in Windows that aims to save power by putting USB devices into a low-power state when they are not actively being used. While this feature can prolong battery life, it can also cause delays when switching USB devices. You can disable it by following these steps:
- Open the Control Panel
- Click on "Power Options"
- Locate your current power plan (usually labeled "Balanced" or "Power Saver") and click on "Change plan settings"
- Click on "Change advanced power settings"
- Expand the "USB settings" section
- Expand the "USB selective suspend setting" and set it to "Disabled"
- Click "Apply" and then "OK" to save the changes

4. Update USB drivers: Outdated or incompatible USB drivers can potentially slow down the detection and recognition of USB devices. Make sure you have the latest drivers installed for your USB ports by visiting the manufacturer's website or using a driver update utility.

5. Consider using a KVM switch: Instead of using a regular USB switch, you may want to explore using a KVM (Keyboard, Video, Mouse) switch. KVM switches are specifically designed for multi-computer setups and can switch not only USB devices but also keyboards, mice, and monitors with minimal delay.

It's important to note that while these suggestions may help reduce the delay caused by Windows processing time, there may still be some inherent latency in the switching mechanism of your USB switch.
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